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A Biblical gospel

Ann Holt explains that in order to make sense of the biblical gospel we have to pay attention to the narrative – to the story of Jesus – and how he fits into the bigger story of God’s creation and what is happening to it.

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This talk was filmed at a national consultation, entitled, 'A Faithful Gospel: How should we understand what the gospel is?'. It is the first in a series of five events taking place as part of the Evangelical Alliance's 'Confidence in the Gospel' initiative.

Download a synopsis of this video, along with questions for discussion

Discussion questions

For small groups

  1. Have you had experiences where the gospel hasn't had the impact you'd expected it to (like in Jamaica)? How might this be a result of how the gospel was communicated?
  2. Do you think your life provides people with a window into the Bible and the good news it contains?
  3. If you had the opportunity to share the gospel message with a friend over a cup of coffee, what would you say to ensure that you provided them with a whole-bible, rather than a one-verse, gospel?

For leadership teams

  1. Are we helping people, both Christians and seekers, understand how the story of their lives, and the world today, connects to the biblical story? How could we do better at this?   
  2. It is suggested that the way the gospel is often presented in Jamaica is lacking something. Could the same be said about the gospel we present, and what are the consequences? 
  3. In practice, how can we ensure that our gospel presentations aren't based around a few verses, but the whole biblical story?